Dr. Russell V. Kelley

Commissioner Kelly


  • Ph.D., Biology; Purdue University, West Lafayette, In., 1972
  • M. S., Biology; New York University, 1964
  • Graduate Certificate in Cyto Genetics; Pace College, NYC 1961
  • B. S. Biology; Virginia State College, Petersburg, VA. 1957

Academic Fellowships:

  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, Purdue University 1970-1972
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, Stanford University, Summer 1969
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, Morgan State College, Summer 1965
  • General Electric Fellowship, Union College, Schenectady, NY, Summer 1959

Professional Experience:

  • Morgan State University, Associate Professor of Biology 1974-2007
  • Morgan State University, Vice President, Academic Affairs 1976-1984
  • Morgan State University, Chair, Department of Science Education 1973-1975
  • Morgan State University, Assistant Professor, Science Education 1966-1974
  • Plainview Long Island, N.Y. Junior High, Biology Teacher 1960-1965
  • Downingtown High School, Downingtown, PA., Biology Teacher 1958-1960

Boards and Commissions:

  • State Board of Waterworks and Waste System Operators, Maryland Member (2002-Present)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Lambda Chapter, President (1996-1999)
  • Baltimore County Public Schools-Baltimore County, Maryland African-American Advisory Committee (1999)
  • Chairman, Morgan State University Science Fair (1985-2015)
  • Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement Program (MESA) John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (1980-1996)
  • Mentor, Project RAISE, Baltimore City Public Schools (1983-1987)
  • Member, Baltimore County Magnet Schools Council (1998-2002)
  • Maryland 529 College Savings Board (2011-20016)
  • Maryland Financial Education & Capability Commission (2012-2016)
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission (2016-Present)


  • Married to State Senator Delores G. Kelley, Father of three adult children